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Western Australia’s “uranium bonanza” just not happening

WA’s uranium promises fail to appear, Midwest Times, Dave Sweeney, 21 Nov 18 Ten years ago this week then premier Colin Barnett ended Western Australia’s long-standing ban on uranium mining.

Industry promoters boasted of a new mining sector that would be “iron ore on steroids” and the speculation and exploration began in earnest.

In the intervening decade widespread community concern and resistance, combined with a depressed commodity price and a growing appetite for renewable energy, has seen the uranium dream fade.

Today there is not one commercial or fully approved uranium mine despite years of promotion and preferential treatment, and the few projects that continue to seek approval are strongly contested.

This is good news for WA and beyond as uranium is a mineral with unique properties and risks that cause local damage and fuel global risk.

Thanks to those who have helped keep the brakes on this contaminating trade and who have a perspective that lasts longer than a politician’s promise.

November 29, 2018 - Posted by | uranium, Western Australia

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